The third edition of the Metal Alliance Tour 2014, featuring Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition & Black Crown Initiate kicked off last night with a sold out show at Club Red in Tempe, AZ. Since the tour was announced, we knew it sold out the house. After all, is fucking Behemoth returning to the North American venues following a three-year absence.
I arrive to the venue an hour before doors open to get some press done with Goatwhore (interview coming up soon) and there was already a small amount of people in front of the venue, by the time I finished my interview the line was reaching the end of the block. Unfortunately, due to the long line, I missed out on Black Crown Initiate. By the time I got into the venue Colombian/American black metal duet Inquisition was kicking off their set.
Inquisition, has a special appealing that draws you to see them, maybe because is a duet, maybe because Dagon‘s voice is so unique within the metal scene, or maybe because of the kind of black metal they play is just straight in your face. They are like the ‘sushi’ of metal bands, they are raw and is always a special treat watching them perform.
This was my first time seeing 1349 live, as the last time they toured with Marduk in 2012 they didn’t play in AZ, and for some reason I have missed them every time they visit here. They put a great, and aggressive show that included the premiere of their new single Slaves. Their show was intense and their sound was really good, for what I heard after the show a lot of people enjoyed their set.
Goatwhore returned to the valley following their show here last year, and of course the response of the crowd was amazing, their set included a new song out of their upcoming album Constricting Rage Of The Merciless due this July. The energy of this band and their charisma on and off the stage is just incredible.
After a wait of almost 20 minutes, it was time for The Satanist to make their return to the North American stages. The all mighty Behemoth opened with Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel out of their new album, and from that point and until the end of their show it was just madness and darkness. They played an amazing set that brought the crowd to its knees. Really good sound and an impeccable production. Without any doubt Behemoth is the reflection of the modern black metal scene, and they represent the current state of the genre. The North American crowds that were disappointed for them dropping off the Mayhem Festival line up last year, should be glad they did, because this show is ten times better of whatever they could’ve done at the Mayhem Festival last year.
Overall, this is an amazing tour, that has the potential to confront the Decibel Magazine Tour for the title of the best spring tour of 2014. So if you are unsure to go or not, or if you haven’t got your tickets yet. Well, do so now before they sold out that venue near you.
2014 Metal Alliance Tour Dates:
04/05 – Los Angeles, Calif. – House Of Blues (SOLD OUT)
04/06 – San Francisco, Calif. – Regency Ballroom
04/08 – Denver, Colo. – Gothic Theater
04/10 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1H Chameleon Room
04/11 – Dallas, Texas – House Of Blues
04/12 – Austin, Texas – Emo’s East (Texas Independence Fest)
04/13 – Houston, Texas – House Of Blues
04/15 – Orlando, Fla. – Beacham Theater
04/16 – Charlotte, N.C. – Tremont Music Hall
04/17 – Philadelphia, Pa. – 4H Theater Of The Living Arts
04/18 – Worcester, Mass. – Palladium (The New England Metal Festival)
04/19 – New York, N.Y. – Irving Plaza (SOLD OUT)
04/22 – Montreal, Quebec – Club Soda
04/23 – Toronto, Ontario – Opera House
04/24 – Cleveland, Ohio – Agora Theater
04/25 – Chicago, Ill. – House Of Blues
04/26 – Minneapolis, Minn. – Skyway Theater
04/27 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Garrick Center
04/29 – Calgary, Alberta – Mac Hall
04/30 – Edmonton, Alberta – Union Hall
05/02 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw Theater
05/03 – Seattle, Wash. – Studio 7